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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Names Chairs For All 99 Iowa Counties

Merrifield, Va. — Oct. 20, 2014 — The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, announced today that it has organized 136 chairmen covering all 99 counties in Iowa.

“Establishing chairs in all 99 Iowa counties is a benchmark few presidential campaigns reach,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Achieving this goal a full 15 months prior to the 2016 Iowa Caucus shows that Dr. Carson is a strong contender for the Republican nomination.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Dr. Carson’s impressive second-place finish in the Bloomberg/Des Moines Register presidential poll of likely caucus-goers. Dr. Carson scored an overwhelming victory in the Polk County Republican Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, in August, and won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll in January. He also won the Western Conservative Summit Presidential Straw Poll held in July in Denver, Colorado.

“Dr. Carson’s character and strong message resonate with Iowans and Americans everywhere,” Iowa co-chair Dr. Christina Taylor remarked. “Patriots all across Iowa and the country are joining the Draft Ben Carson movement and we are thrilled to have energetic chairs in all 99 counties here.”

“This is a tremendous milestone for the committee and we are excited to be working with such great grassroots activists in Iowa,” said John Philip Sousa IV, co-founder and national chairman of the Committee. “With Dr. Carson moving closer and closer to running, it’s important that he see Americans are not only clamoring for him to run, but that they’re also willing to put in the necessary work to see him elected.”

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $3.3 Million in 3rd Quarter of 2014

Surpasses $10 million mark with more than 20,000 volunteers and 100,000 donors nationwide clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president.

Merrifield, Va. — Oct. 15, 2014 — The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, announced today that it raised more than $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.

“Thousands of Americans believe that Dr. Carson is the best hope for our country, and are showing overwhelming support for him to run for the GOP nomination in the 2016,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Legions of supporters are signing the petition for him to run for president and are contributing to the effort because they want a president who is principled, honest and caring. The great success of the draft effort is a testament to our belief that it is Dr. Carson who is best equipped to heal our country.”

Since its inception in August 2013, the Committee has raised more than $10.5 million, from more than 100,000 individual donors. The committee now has more than 20,000 volunteers nationwide.

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 4,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.

“The tremendous support for Dr. Carson is even more important as we near the mid-term elections,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. “Dr. Carson has said he will listen to the clamor of those who want him to run, and is closer to making a decision about running for the GOP presidential nomination. We hope that our continued efforts will achieve that goal.”

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Ben Carson Overwhelmingly Wins Polk County Presidential Iowa Straw Poll

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2014 -- The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is proud to announce that Dr. Carson had a resounding victory in the Polk County Republican Party Dinner presidential straw poll, coming in first out of many contenders.

"It's clear that Dr. Ben Carson draws supporters who want him to make a presidential run in 2016," says Vernon Robinson, the Committee's campaign director. "This poll shows that people like what he stands for and believe the country needs a leader like him."

The straw poll was conducted at the dinner held Aug. 24 in Des Moines, and surveyed 261 attendees. Dr. Carson, who was the keynote speaker at the dinner, finished in first place with 62 percent of the votes, finishing ahead of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who received 7 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who received 4 percent. Several other potential candidates shared the remaining votes. 

This is the latest in a number of top finishes in polls across the country for Dr. Carson. In July, Dr. Carson took the top spot in the Western Conservative Summit Presidential Straw Poll. Dr. Carson held second place in a narrow contest in the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference Presidential Straw Poll held in May. Dr. Carson also had an overwhelming victory in January in the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. Dr. Carson also placed in top spots in the Conservative Political Action Conference Straw Poll in Washington, D.C., and in the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire.

"That the Polk County Republican dinner was able to draw supporters from far and wide to hear and meet Dr. Carson is indicative of the appeal he has with voters," said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. "I hope that Dr. Carson sees this straw poll victory as another rallying cry for him to be our country's next leader."

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $3.3 Million in 2nd Quarter of 2014

Merrifield, Va.—July 15, 2014The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, announced today that it raised more than $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, including more than $1 million in the month of May alone.

“The American people are continuing to show their overwhelming desire for Dr. Carson to run for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential election,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “We’ve had tens of thousands of people contribute and hundreds of thousands have signed the petition to get Dr. Carson to run, because people want a principled leader in the highest office in the land. They want a president who can heal the bitter divides that are tearing our nation apart.”

Since its inception in August 2013, the Committee has raised more than $7.2 million, with more than 95,000 individual donors giving an average contribution of around $48. The committee now has more than 17,000 volunteers nationwide.

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 6,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.

“The campaign to draft Dr. Carson into the race for president continues to enjoy incredible success,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. “As we move into the third quarter we will increase our efforts to spread the word about Dr. Carson’s merits and all he has to offer the American people. The tremendous outpouring of donations and words of support clearly shows that people are clamoring for a principled, unifying leader like Dr. Carson in the White House. We will continue to do all we can to encourage him to run for president.”

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Video Contest Winners Announced

Top three contestants to receive Silver iPad AirTM or a Microsoft SurfaceTM

Merrifield, Va.—June 10, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced the three winners of its video contest to spread the word about why Dr. Carson should run for the 2016 Republican nomination. The winning videos were chosen based on the number of Facebook “likes” each received, and the video creators will receive their choice of a Silver iPad AirTM or a Microsoft SurfaceTM.

“The American people want Dr. Carson to run for president, and the results of this video contest show definitively that they are clamoring for his leadership,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “There is no other candidate who has what it takes to win the election and heal our nation. Ben Carson is the best hope for America.”

Participants’ videos were uploaded to the Campaign’s Facebook page, where contestants gathered as many “likes” as they could by spreading the word to family, friends and other concerned citizens. All entries were submitted by midnight on Saturday, May 31.

Chris Adkins of Wayne, West Virginia came in first. Notified that his video won, Chris stated, “I don’t feel like I deserve an iPad, I was just speaking from the heart.”

Nicholas Zientarski of Grand Haven, Michigan placed second. Stephen Carson of San Diego, California, was a close third. He said, “It has been difficult to watch the decline of my country, and to see that someone is there who can stand for the values that make me proud to be an American is very meaningful to me. I have never stepped out for a campaign, but for this man I will do whatever I need to do.”

More than a quarter of a million people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 6,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.

Dr. Carson continues to prove he is a strong contender for the GOP nomination, consistently placing in the top three in poll after poll. Most recently, Ben Carson finished second in the Texas GOP State Convention’s straw poll, successfully defeating Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), considered a presidential frontrunner, and Gov. Rick Perry, Texas’ longest serving governor. Dr. Carson also took a close second to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the National Republican Leadership Conference, missing the top spot by less than 1 percentage point.

Since its inception in August 2013, the committee has raised more than $6 million from more than 85,000 individual contributors. The average contribution amount was $45, with many donors contributing more than once.

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Dr. Ben Carson Beats Out Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Rick Perry in Texas GOP State Convention Straw Poll

Merrifield, Va.—June 09, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, announced today that Dr. Ben Carson made a strong showing in the Texas GOP State Convention’s straw poll, defeating Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“Dr. Carson is emerging in poll after poll as a frontrunner for the GOP nomination as we head into the 2016 election,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “The American people want a leader who embodies the principles of our founding and can heal the wounds that have divided us far too long, and they recognize that Dr. Carson is that leader.”

Dr. Carson managed a strong showing in the convention straw poll against overwhelming odds, finishing second and successfully defeating Sen. Paul, considered a presidential frontrunner, and Gov. Perry, Texas’ longest-serving governor. While Paul and Perry both had a large booth presence and opportunities to speak to convention attendees, Dr. Carson could not make an appearance due to his book tour. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of more than a dozen volunteers, the committee spread the word about Dr. Carson, spurring him on to victory.

Over a quarter of a million people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 6,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.

 Dr. Carson continues to prove he is a strong contender for the GOP nomination, consistently placing in the top three in poll after poll. Most recently, Dr. Carson took a close second to Sen. Ted Cruz at the National Republican Leadership Conference, missing the top spot by less than 1 percentage point. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. He also finished strong in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw polls. In a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson.

Since its inception in August 2013, the committee has raised more than $6 million from more than 85,000 individual contributors. The average contribution amount was $45, with many donors contributing more than once.

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Another Strong Finish for Dr. Ben Carson, Takes Second Place in 2014 Republican Leadership Conference Presidential Straw Poll

Carson continues to be a favorite with grassroots activists across the country

Merrifield, VA- May 31, 2014- The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is proud to announce that Dr. Carson made a strong showing in the 2014 National Republican Leadership Conference (NRLC) presidential straw poll, coming in 2nd place in a crowded field of twelve contenders.

"Dr. Ben Carson continues to prove he is a strong presidential contender for 2016 taking top spots in poll after poll," said Vernon Robinson, the Committee's campaign director. "Dr. Carson continues to say that if enough Americans clamor for him he will run for president, and a strong showing in the NRLC straw poll clearly shows that the grassroots are clamoring for him."

The NRLC poll was conducted over the three-day conference May 29-31 in New Orleans, and surveyed 1500 attendees. Dr. Carson was in a dead heat with Sen. Ted Cruz, narrowly coming in 2nd place with 29.38 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 30.33 percent. The next closest contender was Sen. Rand Paul who came in a distant 3rd with 10.43 percent of the vote.

Dr. Carson's strong showing in the straw poll is the latest in a series of polls showing that the American people are clamoring for him to run. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And 77 percent of respondents to a poll of Tea Party activists said they support Dr. Carson.  Dr. Carson went on to take top spots in both the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire and the Conservative Political Action Conference Straw Poll in Washington DC.

"Dr. Carson's seems to be noticing the groundswell of support for his candidacy demonstrated by thousands of Committee volunteers around the country, and hundreds of thousands of petitions urging him to run," said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. "Dr. Carson is the potential candidate best suited to heal our nation and put America back on the path to prosperity, and wins like the NRLC straw illustrate that conservatives stand behind him.”

About the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president. For more information on the committee visit www.runbenrun.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @DraftRunBenRun.

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee to Make Strong Showing at 2014 Republican Leadership Conference

Merrifield, Va.—May 29, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will be onsite and actively engaged at Republican Leadership Conference, held May 29 – 31 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

“America needs a principled statesman, one who will put the needs of his nation ahead of his own interests, to run for president in 2016,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Dr. Ben Carson is that person, and our efforts at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans are all to spread the word and get more people involved in clamoring for him to run for election.”

The committee’s outreach efforts at the Republican Leadership Conference will include bringing nearly 100 volunteers from across the nation. Among other efforts, these volunteers will help run the committee’s booth and campaign for Dr. Ben Carson in the conference’s straw poll. Vernon Robinson will also be hosting two briefings  at 1:45 on Friday and Saturday.

Conference attendees can visit the campaign’s booth, located in the exhibit hall, to learn more about Dr. Carson and to sign the petition to get Dr. Carson to run for the nomination. They can also pick up bumper stickers, retractable clamoring banners and T-shirts.

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 4,000 petitions to Dr. Carson each week from Americans who want him to run. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. He also finished strong in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw polls. In a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson.

Since it’s inception in August 2013, the committee has raised more than $5 million from more than 75,000 individual contributors. The average contribution amount was $45, with many donors contributing more than once.

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Hires Bill Saracino as Communications Director and Western Regional Political Director

Merrifield, Va.—May 27, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced that Bill Saracino, an experienced communications expert and political campaigner, will serve as the Committee’s communications director and western regional political director.

“Bill’s expertise in both communications and political organization is an important addition to the Draft Ben Carson movement,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “As the movement continues to growth, Bill will play an integral role in communicating why it’s vital to our nation’s future that Dr. Carson run for president, and in mobilizing grassroots volunteers to spread the message and convince Dr. Carson to enter the race.”

As communications director for the Committee, Saracino will oversee and coordinate volunteer communications efforts to ensure a focused message among the more than 10,000 Committee volunteers. In his role as western regional political director, Saracino will be responsible for organizing volunteers and planning events for the Committee throughout the western United States from his home base in California.

Saracino is the owner of Saracino Consulting, a multi-purpose political consulting firm based in Los Angeles. He has run more than 75 legislative and congressional campaigns, and directed more than $15 million in independent expenditure efforts. Saracino has previously served as the chief operating officer of the Parents Television Council, political director of the Gun Owners of California, and western states director of Steve Forbes for President.

“Since I served as a Republican National Convention delegate pledged to Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980, I’ve been passionate about supporting principled leaders who love the United States and are willing to sacrifice to make this country stronger,” Saracino said. “Dr. Carson is that kind of leader, and I’m looking forward to being part of the nationwide effort to not only convince him to run, but support his eventual candidacy by building a network of committed supporters around the nation.”

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 4,000 petitions to Dr. Carson each week from Americans who want him to run. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. He also finished strong in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw polls. In a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson.

About the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president. For more information visit www.runbenrun.org or follow the committee on Facebook and Twitter @draftrunbenrun.

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Hires Tina Goff as Midwest Regional Political Director

Merrifield, Va.—May 19, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced that Tina Goff, an experienced campaigner and project manager, will serve as the Committee’s Midwest regional political director.

“As more and more Americans join the movement urging Dr. Carson to run for president, the Committee’s regional approach to organizing will ensure that volunteers across the country are working together to build a strong network,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Tina brings extensive campaign experience and, most importantly, shares our passion for seeing Dr. Carson run for—and win—the Republican presidential nomination.”

As Midwest regional political director, Goff will be responsible for organizing volunteers and planning events for the Committee throughout the Midwest from her home base in Iowa. Goff has previously served as volunteer coordinator and mid-central field director for the successful Governor Branstad 2010 campaign, as well as central regional director of Iowa and volunteer coordinator for Friends for Fred Thompson Inc., organizational director and Iowa director for Friends of Herman Cain, and central Iowa director for Rick Santorum for President.

“I’m so excited to join the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee and work with volunteers around the Midwest who are as excited about Dr. Carson as I am,” said Goff. “I believe Dr. Carson has the background, experience, leadership and vision to heal our country. I hope we can not only convince him to run for president, but also build a strong network across the country of grassroots Americans who will support his campaign.” 

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 4,000 petitions to Dr. Carson each week from Americans who want him to run. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. He also finished strong in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw polls. In a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson.

About the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president. For more information on the committee visit www.runbenrun.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @DraftRunBenRun.

 

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